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Advanced Web

Jaume Aragonés Ferrero

Department of Software
and Computing Systems
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A compact JavaScript framework

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• What is MooTools?
• Where to find?
• How to download?
• Hello World example.
• A little bit of knowledge.
• Creating a console.
• Form data validation.
• Exercises.
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What is MooTools?
• MooTools is a JavaScript framework
– MooTools is a lightweight abstraction
layer between the browser and the
code you write.
• It is Object-Oriented
• It allows to write cross-browser code.
• It respects standards and it's
extensively documented.
• It is released under Open Source MIT
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What is MooTools?
• Wikipedia:
– MooTools is an open source,
lightweight, modular object-oriented
programming JavaScript web
application framework.
– It includes built-in functions for
manipulation of CSS, DOM elements,
native JavaScript objects, Ajax
requests, and more.
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What is a Framework?
• It is an abstraction in which common code
providing generic functionality can be
overriden by user code providing specific
• The idea is similar to SW libraries: they are
reusable abstractions of code in a well
defined API.
• In other words: it is a SW layer between the
programmer and the developing platform in
order to help building programs.
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What can I do?

• Some examples of things you can do with
– Code Javascript easily: Mootools features
improve Javascript capabilities.
– Code Client-Side Object Oriented: Create your
own classes with Javascript.
– Work with JSON: sending and reciving data.
– Create FX with Javascript: user interaction,
dinamic menus, transitions (tween, morphs),
slides, scrolls, etc.
– Work with AJAX and interact with your server
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What is JSON?
• JSON stands for Javascript Object
• It is a data interchange format
• JSON information is in text format
• It is supported by many languages:
Javascript, C, PHP, ASP.NET, Java,
Python, etc.
• JSON data takes this form:
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Where to find?
• http://mootools.net, home page.
• http://mootools.net/download,
download page.
• http://mootools.net/docs,
documentation page.
• http://www.mootorial.com/wiki, a
good tutorial
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How to download?

Go to www.mootools.net/download

Here you can download the MooTools

Use the uncompressed version for
development and the compressed one
for the real site.

The core download includes: library
base, ajax working, effects, classes and
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How to download?

The download page:
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How to download?

The 'more Builder' link allows you to get
the MooTools Add-ons:


Native Objects, Element classes


FX, Drag, Request

Utilities, Interface, etc.

Just check the scripts you want, choose a
compression type and then donwload the
include file.
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How to download?

The 'more Builder' page with some
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How to download?

Tip: choose the whole library for
development only if you don't know
which script you will need to use.

Compression types remove extra blank
spaces and rename variables in a
shorter way, making a much smaller file.

YUI compressor is the most efficient.
It will be very useful when releasing
your code.
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Before start working...

• Firebug:
– Extension for Firefox
– allows debugging, editing, and
monitoring CSS, HTML, DOM, and
JavaScript code, and provides other
Web development tools.
– https://addons.mozilla.org/en-
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Before start working...

• Web developer toolbar:
– Extension for Firefox
– adds a menu and a toolbar with
various web developer tools.
– https://addons.mozilla.org/en-
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How to add to my pages

• It's easy, just include the MooTools file
with the 'script' tag.
<script type=”text/javascript”
• You can also include your own javascript
files or even code javascript lines inside
the web page.
• The MooTools file include must be the
first one in your web page.
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How to add to my pages

• Here is an example document
<!DOCTYPE ...>
<html ...>
<script type=”text/javascript”
<script type=”text/javascript”
<script>My own Javascript code</script>
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Hello world example

• First, write a 'Hello world' page with only HTML.
• After, write a second page using javascript&DOM.
• Finally, let's display a 'hello world' message from
MooTools code:
window.addEvent("domready", function(){
$('text').appendText("Hello World! (from
MooTools code!).");
• And the body code:
<p id="text"></p>
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Hello world example

• AddEvent: allows to match a handler
function to an HTML element event.
• Domready: is the event triggered when
the DOM is ready and it has loaded all
code and data.
• $('id-of-tag').method-or-property: when
we want to access to an element's
method or property.
• AppendText: a method allowing us to
add some text inside an element.
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A little bit of knowlegde

• http://mootools.net/docs/core/Element/Element
• $('theID'), select one element identified by 'theID'.
• $$('something'), select one or more elements
matching 'something' string.
– It returns an array or collection of elements
– You can use tags names, classes, identifiers, etc.
• Event 'DomReady', It fires when the DOM (and all of
its objets) is ready. So, in this moment you are sure
you can work with all objects in the page.
– This event is only available from the window
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A little bit more of knowlegde

• $('myID').getElement(),
• $('myID').getElements()
• $('myID').getElementsById()
• Get children elements from our 'myID'
• $('myID').get('property')
• $('myID').set('attribute', 'value')
– Set a value into a property of our
'myID' element.
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A little bit more of knowlegde

• myElement.erase(property), deletes the
element's property.
• myParent.adopt(newChild, ...)
– insert 'newChild' as child of 'myParent'
• myElement.inject(element2, where)
– Insert 'myElement' in 'where' position
from 'element2'.
• Others: appendText, dispose, replaces,
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Core functions
• http://mootools.net/docs/core/Core/Core
• $$('aTag').each(new function {something...})
– Calls the function for each element in the
collection retrieved by $$.
• $chk, $defined, $type, $random, etc.
• $A, creates an iterable array.
• $H, creates a hash table (=Hash())
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Creating a console
• Let's create a 'console', that is, a layer allowing us to put
some text in order to debug or to display results of some
• Here is the needed code:
function toConsole(theText){
if (!$('console')) {
var element = new Element('div',
var element = new Element('div');
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Creating a console
• You can write this code directly inside the HTML
file or put it into an extern javascript file, and
then include it from the web page (the best
• Once you have typed the previous code, let's test
it by creating a new page with
– a command button (<input type=”button”...)
with an 'id' attribute.
– coding the 'window.onload' event and
attaching a handler function to our button's
'onclick' event.
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Creating a console
• The button code:
<input type="button" value="click me!"
id="write" />
• The handler code:
window.onload = function() {
var button=$('write');
button.onclick=function() {
toConsole('You have clicked on
the button, so I am writing in the
return false;
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Try to do yourself...
• What happens if you click the button
several times?
• Modify the code in order to put a
counter counting the times the button is
• Modify the code in order to clean the
console each time the button is clicked.
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Defining classes
Var myClass= new Class({
MyAttr: 'value',
Initialice: function(...){
MyMethod: function(...) {
Var myObj = new myClass(...);
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Form data validation

• One of the most useful things we can do with javascript
is to validate correctness of HTML forms.
• Using MooTools we can also validate HTML forms.
• We can build a class containing methods for validate
every type of field in our forms:
– Mandatory fields (text boxes, selects, radiobuttons)
– Text boxes containing specific data (numeric, date, an
interval of values, etc.)
– Text boxes and text areas with a maximum length.
– And any other kind of validation.
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Form data validation

• Let's create our own form validation
– First, we will design a one
mandatory field form called user
name, and a command button to
send the form data.
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Form data validation

• The next is to implement our class
var cTestOK = new Class ({
error1: 'This field cannot be empty.',
isEmpty: function(pField){
var field = $(pField);
if (field.get("value")=="") {
return true;
This class has
} else { - one attribute (a message
return false; error)
} - and one method: a function
} receiving a field name to test its
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Form data validation

• Finally, we are going to handle the onclick button event to
trigger our class method.
window.addEvent("domready", function(){
var oTesting = new cTestOK("myForm");
$("sending").addEvent("click", function()
• This instruction allows us to link a function to the onclick
button event.
• In this way, we will invoke the method 'isEmpty' of our
class and we send it, as an input argument, the name of
the field we want to test its correctness.
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Try to do yourself...
• Add a select control with a product list.
– This field is also mandatory.
• Add a new text field to the form asking for the amount of
products the user wants to buy.
– This field will have a default value: 1.
– This field is also mandatory.
– This field is a numeric value starting from 1.
• Finally, add a textarea field asking for any comment
about the user order.
– This field is optional.
– This field has a maximum lenght of 200 chars.
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• Webs:
– mootools.net
– www.mootorial.com
– json.org
– wikipedia.org
• Books:
– MootTools Essentials, Aaron
Newton. Apress / firstPress. 2008
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• Managing select options: changing
options depending on other select
• Accordion FX.
• Tween FX.
• Sorting lists
• A game: guess the words I've though
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Managing select options

• Let's make a web page with two
select fields, the content of one
of them depending on the
other's selected option.
• Suppose we have two selects
like shown in the figure:
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Managing select options

• First of all, we declare an array of cities for
each country in the select.
var theWorld = [
$H({1: 'Warszawa', 2: 'Bialystok', 3:
'Lublin', 4: 'Krakow'}),
$H({1: 'Madrid', 2: 'Barcelona', 3:
'Alicante', 4: 'Valencia'}),
$H({1: 'San Francisco', 2: 'Washington',
3: 'New York', 4: 'Los Angeles'})];
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Managing select options

• Next, we attach a handler to the
'onchange' event of the country select.
var country = $("countries");

country.addEvent("change", function()
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Managing select options

• Finally, we implement the handler.
• It will change all the options in the
city select loading the selected
country cities.
– Test if the selected country is the
'non-selection' value '-1', and
decide what to do if so.
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Accordion menu
• Let's create a dinamic menu with
expanding/contracting options, a.k.a. Accordion
• First: type the HTML code of our menu.
– The first level options
– For each first leve option, type its second level
• Second: label all the first level options with a
CSS class, i.e.: level1.
– Do the same with each element containing the
second level options: 'level2' CSS class.
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Accordion menu
• Finally: create and Accordion object
in the 'Domready' event.
var myAccordion = new
Accordion($$("li.level1"), $$
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Tween FX
• Tween FX change a CSS property from one value to
• We can set the duration, start and end values, property
to change, etc.
window.addEvent("domready", function(){
var myFX = new Fx.Tween($('myP'), {property:
'left', duration: 3000})
myFX.start(0, 100);
• And in the Body
<p id="myP" style="position: absolute; left:0px;
top:0px;">Hello world!</p>
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Sorting lists
• Design a list of items with HTML.
• Add two buttons to each item.
– One of then will by the up button
and the other the down one.
• Implement client-side code with
MooTools to add the necessary
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Sorting lists
• Design a list of items with HTML
<div id="toSort">
<div id="1" class="item">First item</div>
<div id="2" class="item">Second Item</div>
<div id="3" class="item">Third item</div>
<div id="4" class="item">Fourth item</div>
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Sorting lists
• Add the up&down buttons
• Each item will chage as follows:
<div id="1" class="item">
<div class="img UP"></div>
<div class="img DW"></div>
First item
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Sorting lists
• Define some CSS styles to adjust the layout:
.img {
width: 17px;
height: 17px;
padding: 2px;
background-repeat: no-repeat;
background-position: 0px 0px;}
.UP { background-image: url('up.png'); }
.DW { background-image: url('down.png'); }
.item { clear: both; vertical-align: top; }
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Sorting lists
• Program the sorting functionality.
– For each image, add a handler to its event 'onclick'.
• If it is a get-up image, add a 'get up' event
• If not, then add a 'get down' event.
– Implement both previous events: 'get up' and 'get
• 'get up' event will move the list item to the next, if
• 'get down' event will put the clicked list item before
its previous, if exists.